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« on: April 21, 2010, 10:02:41 AM »

hope the injury is at minimal ....
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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2010, 10:35:02 AM »

*sigh* I have much memories of this place. A place I used to hang around when I am in primary school.
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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2010, 08:19:49 AM »

Fire breaks out at People
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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2010, 09:23:28 AM »

CONFUSION AMID THE BLAZE
TODAYonline, 21 Apr 2010

SINGAPORE - When flames consumed part of the fifth floor of People's Park Complex yesterday afternoon, instead of evacuating, tenants on the lower floors carried on with business as usual, despite two fire alarms in the space of 15 minutes.

Even when firefighters, who were alerted by a call at 3.33pm, arrived to fight the flames, four food and beverage outlets on the first floor carried on serving customers.

The reason cited by tenants? There was no announcement over the public address system.

This was the scene as confusion reigned in the heart of Chinatown, ending with the closure of the shopping centre at about 4pm.

There were no injuries, and firefighters took 45 minutes to bring the blaze under control, said a Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) spokeswoman.

But traffic came to a halt along Eu Tong Sen Street, which was closed just before rush hour to all vehicles, except buses. The street was reopened at 7pm.

Inside the complex, tenants initially assumed it was a small fire.

Mr Jax Zhang, a sales person at a travel agency on the fourth floor, smelled smoke but did not evacuate.

He told MediaCorp: "Nobody informed us to evacuate until a former colleague came up to tell us."

Mr Tan H J, a tenant on the fourth floor, said: "The evacuation was slow initially ... but once smoke was swirling densely within the centre and to the lower floors, the evacuation was very fast, as there are many exits and everybody realised how serious it was."

People's Park Complex manager Wilson Goh declined to comment when approached by the media at the scene.

The complex, which occupies one hectare of land, is the most popular haunt in Chinatown with numerous foot massage parlours, restaurants and travel agencies.

Before it was completed in 1973, the land was occupied by the People's Market with outdoor stalls - which was destroyed by a fire in 1966.

The current complex also consists of a 25-storey residential block, which was not affected by the fire.

Yesterday, as residents returned home later, they were initially told not to go up to their units. Some climbed the stairs, but were then told at the fifth storey to go back down.

Those who remained in their homes shrugged off the incident. A ninth-floor resident carried on with her chores while Mr David Ang, who lives on the 11th floor, slept through the blaze.

The SCDF - which deployed two fire engines, two Red Rhinos, three supporting vehicles and one ambulance - said the fire started from a storeroom on the fifth floor. SCDF is investigating the cause of the blaze.
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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2010, 12:15:01 PM »

PEOPLE'S PARK FIRE: STORAGE ROOMS ILLEGAL, SAYS SCDF
Lynda Hong, TODAYonline April 23, 2010

SINGAPORE - Wednesday's blaze that caused a mass evacuation of People's Park Complex began in a car park storeroom that - a probe has revealed - was, in fact, illegal.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said the owner did not have SCDF approval to convert the fifth-floor car park space into storage rooms nor to build the stores.

"This is a serious fire safety violation and SCDF will follow up to take action against the offender," it said in a statement.

No one was injured in the afternoon fire which was contained in the storerooms and brought under control in 45 minutes.

Yesterday, several shop owners and tenants at the complex were hot under the collar, as water used to put out the fire dripped from the ceilings of the third and fourth floors, despite clean-up efforts on the flooded fifth floor.

Umbrellas, buckets and plastic bags were positioned all over an auditing firm on the floor below.

Affected tenants and owners claimed the building's management was not doing enough to help them. One employment agency owner said: "If the problem persists, the whole ceiling board could drop off, the telephone, the switchboard, the main switch will short circuit. Management tells me they would then send the technician to settle it, but I feel they should try to save the situation before it gets worse."

The building management would not comment on the complaints.
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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2010, 11:18:28 AM »

Storeroom that caught fire at People
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« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2010, 07:38:29 AM »

People's Park Complex car park operator charged with operating illegal storeroom
By Zul Othman | Posted: 08 June 2010 1911 hrs     

SINGAPORE: Charges have been brought against the car park operator at People's Park Complex following a fire in April.

Grand City Investment was hauled up to court on Tuesday and charged with converting the car park space into storage rooms without permission. This is an offence under the Fire Safety Act.

Two charges were brought against Grand City Investment. One of its directors appeared in court to hear the charges read out.

The case has been adjourned to June 22.

Grand City's lawyer said the company has been co-operating with the authorities and the illegal partitions were dismantled last month.

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